Status of SPRING

Comparison of 2019 spring leaf out to average from 1981-2010

Keep track of SPRING by visiting USA – National Phonology Network

The First Leaf Index is based on the leaf out of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves in the spring.

The First Bloom Index is based on the flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles. This Index is associated with blooming of early-spring shrubs and leaf out of deciduous trees. 

https://www.usanpn.org/news/spring 

       

 

BCBA Beekeeper of the Year 2108

2018 Beekeeper of the Year Carl Fisher, on the left, accepting the honor from President Steve Hupfer.

Each year the Brown County Beekeepers Association recognizes one of its members for their knowledge of bees, for exceptional contributions to the club, and dedication to continuing their personal education.

This year’s selection is Carl Fisher. As a member of the club since 2017 Carl has worked tirelessly the last two years as coordinator for the Introduction to Beekeeping class, volunteered to be a member of the nominating committee, lead the audit committee and learned about marking queen bees before conducting a Meeting Before the Meeting on queen marking for club members.

Previous honorees:
2017 – Lynn Lindgren
2016 – Dave Doering

Leadership Recognition

At the February 2019 meeting club President Dave Elsen presented former President Steve Hupfer with a momento in recogonition of the years of service he has given the club. Inscribed on the plaque are the heart-felt thoughts of club members.

With sincere appreciation for exceptional leadership, support, and guidance over 6 years as Association President and Vice President

Intro to Beekeeping

On February 23, 2019 the Brown County Beekeepers Association trained 28 prospective beekeepers eager to learn about how to get bees and to keep them alive. The class was a mix of lecture and hands-on. This is an annual class, generally conducted in February.

Special thanks to our title sponsors

Jimmy John's Logo Hansen Honey Farm LLC

Our youngest future beekeeper learning how to lite and use a smoker

Club member, Julie, sharing her knowledge of protective clothing.

Small group interaction with experienced beekeepers made for excellent learning opportunities.

All seats were filled with future beekeepers.

Club member, Julie, showing folks how to lite a smoker on this damp day.

 

Where to Buy Bees

Package of bees

At the January 2019 club meeting a there was a handout of companies that sold bees. Several asked for the information to be put on the website. However, before using this information please keep this in mind.

  1. The Club does not endorse any bee providers. However, we believe this information can aid members in evaluating potential bee providers and stress the importance of members doing their own research.
  2. Be sure to ask your potential provider where and when you will have to pick up the bees. Some providers do not distribute bees in Green Bay.
  3. It is important you ask if the bees were treated for mites, when they were treated and when.
  4. Before making a final decision on supplier verify all the details of your purchase. Information on this sheet can change at any time.

Click here for the pdf of some suppliers.

Mites and “fat body” bees

New research now indicates that varroa mites feed on bee “fat bodies” and not completely the hemolymph. Some beekeepers are thinking about the implication on treating for mites. You can read one person’s thought here.

American Foulbrood Vaccine?

This is welcome news as American Foulbrood is very damaging to bees and beekeeping. Not only are the bees killed but the spores can remain viable for 40 or more years on the hives. The only way to “treat” hives infected with American Foulbrood is to burn the equipment! Very harsh indeed.

Bees may soon get an ally in their fight against bacterial disease — one of the most serious threats the pollinators face — in the form of an edible vaccine. That’s the promise held out by researchers in Finland, who say they’ve made the first-ever vaccine for insects, aimed at helping struggling honeybee populations.
The scientists are targeting one of bees’ most deadly enemies: American foulbrood, or AFB, an infectious disease that devastates hives and can spread at a calamitous rate.
Read the full story here.

Einstein Expo – Green Bay

Brown County Beekeepers Association will have a booth at the Einstein Expo on February 2, 2019 at Shopko Hall in Green Bay WI. Experienced beekeepers will be present to answer any and all of your bee related questions. 

For more information: click here 

Beekeeping Class Feb 2019

The Brown County Beekeeping Association is happy to present INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING.  Learn the essentials of beginning beekeeping !!

When: February 23th, 2018 — 8:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Great Lakes Energy Education Center (see map below)
Online Registration:     Click here
How Much: $55 for an individual, $45 for additional family members
Includes: Light snacks, refreshments and lunch
What: An understanding of: Continue reading

BCBA 2019 Elections

On Wednesday October 17th the BCBA held elections for 2019 officers.  We are excited to announce the following:

  • BCBA President – Dave Elsen
  • BCBA Vice President – Julie Mazzoleni
  • BCBA Secretary – Julianne Sanders
  • BCBA Treasurer – Tom Cashman

We look forward to a 2019 season filled with good conversation,  great learning for both new and experienced bee keepers, support and BEE FUN !

Please be sure the thank Steve Hupfer for 3 years as president and Lynne Lindgren for being our 2018 treasurer – THANK YOU AND WELL DONE!